Hos­pi­tals deal with more child tooth de­cay

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

THE num­ber of hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for tooth de­cay among five to nine-yearolds has risen for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, new fig­ures show.

Chil­dren of this age ac­counted for more than 26,000 ad­mis­sions as a re­sult of the den­tal prob­lem last year, ac­cord­ing to data from NHS Dig­i­tal.

There were more than twice as many ad­mis­sions com­pared to ton­sil­li­tis. How­ever, the num­ber of hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for tooth de­cay among ba­bies to 19-year-olds has de­creased over­all.

The Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons (RCS) said it was ‘dis­grace­ful’ that so many young chil­dren re­quire tooth ex­trac­tion and called for par­ents to en­sure they main­tain good oral health.

There were a to­tal of 26,111 hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for tooth de­cay among five to nine-year-olds in 2017/18, the data shows, up from 25,923 in 2016/17 and 25,875 in 2015/16.

How­ever the num­ber of ad­mis­sions for tooth de­cay is still lower than 2014/15, when there were 26,708.

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